in 2013 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,777 - $16,101
Original MSRP: $15,400 - $19,800
MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Kia Forte Review

Review Last Updated: 10/24/14

The 2013 Kia Forte earned praise for its large trunk, but critics thought some rivals are more engaging to drive.

The base 2013 Kia Forte sedan has a four-cylinder engine that test drivers said provides adequate power for everyday driving. The Forte SX comes with a larger, more powerful four-cylinder engine, which reviewers said makes the Forte more fun to drive. A six-speed manual is standard, but test drivers preferred the available six-speed automatic for its seamless shifts. The base 2013 Forte gets up to an EPA-estimated 26/36 mpg city/highway, which is competitive for a compact car. An available Eco trim boosts fuel economy slightly to 27/37 mpg city/highway. Test drivers said that Forte LX and EX models have uninspiring handling, and that competitors like the 2013 Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta are more athletic. The Forte SX has noticeably crisper handling and more responsive steering, they noted, but some said that the Forte SX also has a harsh ride.       

Some reviewers said the 2013 Kia Forte’s interior features a stylish design and materials that are class-competitive, though others mentioned that cars like the 2013 Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Golf have higher-quality interiors. The 2013 Kia Forte is available as a sedan, hatchback or coupe (Forte Koup). Auto writers reported that the front seats have plenty of legroom and decent headroom, and most agreed that the sedan and hatchback offer enough back-seat passenger space for two adults to be comfortable. The Forte sedan’s trunk has 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is great for the class. The hatchback can accommodate 19.4 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats, which is also quite good. Auto writers agreed that the 2013 Forte has intuitive controls, as well as an available navigation system that has a large display and is fairly easy to use. The 2013 Kia Forte sedan comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Available features include power windows and door locks, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a power sunroof, push-button start, leather seats, heated front seats, navigation and a rearview camera.

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Other Cars to Consider

When it was new, the 2013 Honda Civic pleased critics with its sharp steering, as well as its spacious seating and attractive cabin design. The Civic also has an excellent reliability score and uses less fuel than many competing compact sedans.

The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze offers ample trunk space, and it impressed reviewers with its comfortable ride and first-rate cabin materials. The Cruze also was liked for its user-friendly tech features.

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